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IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE... Who failed with their cake baking attempt?.............................. Page 3



Who celebrated their birthday with a visit from Katie Rebecca?. Which home had a Fancy Dress Competition?.........................Page 7


Smalley Hall’s Bistro Night!

By Sally Thomas, Activities Co-ordinator

For our Christmas Bistro Night on Friday 20th December, we had a luxurious 3 course Christmas meal with entertainment from Colin Jackson and a few games of bingo as well as a raffle. The tables were beautifully decorated with Christmas centrepieces, crackers and party hats for all.

Thank you to everyone who made it such a special night. Everyone was soon up and dancing the night away to Colin Jackson and his music. It was definitely a memorable Christmas event for all.

We had a wonderful 32 diners, the most yet! It was a fabulous night and everyone had a great time. A lovely opportunity to share food and a good time with loved ones. All our residents look forward to our Bistro Nights, they like to do their hair, put on some make up and put their posh frocks on! The gents put on their best shirt and favourite aftershave and then come down transformed to the dining room for the event. It truly is a wonderful experience. Hear the latest news & events from Ashmere online:

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Codnor Park News Happy Birthday!

February brings four birthdays at Codnor Park, so many Happy Returns to Freda (6th), Joyce (8th), Geoff (24th) and Eleanor (27th). Hope you all have a great Birthday!

88 Glass House Hill, Codnor, DE5 9QT

Tel: 01773 741111

Razzle Dazzle Visit

We had another wonderful visit from one of our favourite entertainers, Razzle Dazzle. Everyone was soon singing along to all their songs including the ‘Lambeth Walk’ & ‘Supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus.‘ Many of the residents even had a go at singing into the microphone. We can’t wait to have them back again!

Good Luck!

We would like to give our best wishes to Sam Meakin who is going on Maternity Leave this month. Good Luck Sam! We can’t wait to see the arrival of your baby boy.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 1st February Dignity Coffee Morning 10.00am We will be having a Coffee Morning for National Dignity Awareness in Care Day. We will also be sowing the seeds for dignity so come along & help us set the flower seeds ready for our garden in summer and help us promote Dignity in Care.



Friday 14th February Residents & Relatives Meeting 10.30am Another date for your diary, as well as it being Valentine’s Day, we will be having a Residents & Relatives Meeting. All welcome to come along! Thursday 20th February Kevin & Marie 2.00pm Another favourite of the residents, Kevin & Marie will be entertaining us with a belated Valentines’ Love Songs show. Everyone is welcome!

The Travelling Cinema

We’ve had another wonderful visit from the ‘Travelling Cinema’ showing ‘Its a Wonderful Life’ with James Stuart in full colour. We all enjoyed the film as well as the sweets and popcorn.

What We’ve Been Up to... We’ve been keeping the January blues at bay by keeping busy with games of bingo & dominoes and arts and crafts. We’ve also had entertainment from the wonderful Colin Jackson.

The Firs News Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday to Susan Purdy, Ann Bell and Eddie Sperry. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

90 Glass House Hill, Codnor, DE5 9QT

Tel: 01773 743810

Entertainment at The Firs On Tuesday 14th January, Dr Mark Edworthy, a good old times Keyboardist did a performance for the residents. They joined in singing and tapping to the music. When asked for a review, all the residents were really pleased and said how much they enjoyed it.

Staff Birthdays

Happy 30th Birthday to Angela Whitby.


Congratulations to Nora Weston on the birth of her great grandson, Noah. Also, Congrats to Rebecca Fildes on her engagement to Derek.


We would like to say goodbye to Dorothy, the giant rabbit from the ECU. She has gone to live with a lovely lady who has promised to take excellent care of her.

Great Firs Bake Off

Senior Carer, Dawn Burgess kindly decided to make a cake for our residents however, it was a bit of a failure! We doubt we’ll be seeing her on the Great Briitsh Bake Off any time soon. Keep to the day job Dawn!

Reminiscence Residents made reminiscing hands using pastel colours and writing what their hands have done over time eg. held their children’s hands, represents marriage. Everyone really enjoyed it and it brought back a lot of memories.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 13th February Dignity Action Day 1.00 - 3.00pm Join us for our Dignity day with entertainment, a raffle, a cake stall and lots more!


Monday 24th February Donna Donna. an acoustic guitarist is going to be performing. Everyone welcome!




Kidsley Grange News Happy Birthday!

160 Heanor Road, Smalley, DE7 6DX

Tel: 01773 769807

A visit from Tickles

Happy Birthday to Mary Clark! We hope you have a lovely day!


Welcome to Ann, our new RGN Nurse & Nicola & Jane, our new Care Assistants.

Thank you!

Thank you to John Hilton who dressed as Santa on Christmas Day and delivered all the residents presents. It made their day!


Huge Congratulations to Jade Warner on the birth of her beautiful twin girls, Mia and Harper born on the 12th December.

Upcoming Events Thursday 30th January Dignity Action Day To celebrate Dignity Action Day, we have the beauty college, cuppa club and residents will all be having daffodils delivered. I N S I D E G O S S I P


Friday 31st January Chinese New Year We’ll be having a Chinese Meal to celebrate Chinese New Year. Friday 14th February Valentines Day We’ll be making beautiful red bouquets especially for Valentines Day.

Kidsley really enjoyed a visit from Tickles, the little Shetland Pony. Residents loved petting him and walking with the pony. It brought back lots of childhood memories. Mary remembers her dad buying her one when she was younger and Cyril now wants to go to a race course on a trip, we will surely be having them visit again. All residents were able to see the pony even those upstairs as Tickles was trained to go in lifts, it was a treat for all and everyone loved it.

Flower Arranging Residents enjoyed a session with Hortihealth UK, Flower Arranging some table centre pieces to use for Christmas Day. They look beautiful & recieved lots of compliments!

Christmas Trip Residents enjoyed a Christmas trip to our local church. There was singing, comedy acts, carol singing and a lovely buffet tea. Les, Bill and Gwen really enjoyed it and were very full. It certainly put us all in the festive spirit. Thank you very much to the local church for having us!

King William News Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Roy Brown for 17th February. Have a lovely day!

Lowes Hill, Ripley, DE5 3DW

Tel: 01773 748841

Birthday Party!

We had a wonderful Birthday Party to celebrate Gillian and Minnie’s birthdays. We had Katie Rebecca to entertain, everyone was soon singing along and joining in with their musical instruments. Everyone had a wonderful time and really enjoyed it.

Staff Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Tracey Moore & Sharon Simpson. Have a great day!


Congratulations to Sarah Hill’s family on the news of their pregnancy. Sarah can’t wait to be a Great Great Grandma.

Upcoming Events Wednesday 5th February Resident & Relatives Meeting 10.30am Join us for our Resident & Relatives Meeting in the main lounge to discuss any issues or questions you may have with the Home Manager. Wednesday 12th February Italian Valentine Bistro 6.00pm All are welcome to join us for our Valentines Bistro Night. The cost is £7.50 per person including a complimentary glass of wine.

Jigsaw Puzzle

Cinema Visit

We started a new 500 piece puzzle after completing our 250 piece. Well Done to Joan Summers, Maisie Birkin, Neil Bond, Evelyn Slack and our staff member, Stacey Smith for helping to complete it.

We had another wonderful visit from the Touring Local Cinema who showed ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brother.’ Everyone really enjoyed the film as well as the Pick & Mix and Popcorn that was available. It felt like we’d gone back in time!


Friday 14th February Colin Jackson 4.30pm Everyone is welcome to join us for entertainment from Colin Jackson.




Smalley Hall News Happy Birthday!

Main Road, Smalley, DE7 6DS

Tel: 01332 882848

Christmas Day at Smalley

Happy Birthday to Gwen Gillott on 16th February and Winnie Winchester on 17th February. We hope you both have a wonderful day!

Trips to Broomfield We’ve had two wonderful visits to Broomfield College. Our first was shared with Kidsley Grange where we enjoyed a cuppa and a slice of cake. The cafe was lovely and the staff were very helpful. They have full disabled facilities and invited us back the following week after adapting their menu to suit us. A week later, we went back with West Hallam and Kidsley Grange. Everyone was treated to a 3 course meal, all home cooked. It was lovely! Family and friends also joined us and enjoyed their lunch too. We’re looking forward to visiting again soon!



On Christmas Day, the residents had a surprise visit from Father Christmas in the morning to deliver all their gifts. For their Christmas meal, they ate a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and spent the day with loved ones enjoying the festivities and chocolates. Everyone had a wonderful Christmas and were disappointed it was over so quickly.

Alison Moss

Singer, Keyboard Player and Quiz Master, Alison Moss came to entertain us this morning and she was very good. The residents loved her and the Quiz was a nice change to the usual entertainment we get. Gwen even won a prize which she was thrilled about.

Australia Day We had a wonderful day this month to celebrate Australia Day. We talked all about Australia, its culture, what they eat, famous Australians. We also watched some Australian TV and listened to some Australian Music. We also had an Australian Taster Session where we ate Anzac biscuits, Lamingtons, Vegimite, Pavlova and Red and White Wine! Residents really enjoyed making the Lambingtons too.

Valley Lodge News Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Dorothy Barton, Lilian Fearn, Merle Hancock, Joyce Penn and Sheila Rowbottom

Bakewell Road, Matlock, DE4 3BN

Tel: 01629 583447

Our Christmas!

Our Christmas at Valley Lodge has been a busy one with plenty of festive events taking place. To start Christmas off, we had St Peter’s and Paul’s School coming along to sing some lovely carols which the residents really enjoy. We also had a visit from the local Church to do a special Carol Service for us with all the well known Christmas Carols for everyone to sing along to. Afterwards. Monty asked to have a photo taken with all the staff by our Christmas Tree. I’m sure you’ll all agree, its a lovely photo.

Upcoming Events Friday 31st January Dignity Cafe Day 10.00am - 4.00pm We are holding a Cafe Day for our Dignity Action Weekend. Everyone welcome to join us and try Audrey’s wonderful cakes. Saturday 1st February Dignity Action Day 10.00am - 4.00pm We’ll be enjoying a Chinese Takeaway to celebrate Chinese New Year and Dignity Day. We’ll also have John Drinkall coming to entertain all at 2.00pm Thursday 13th February Valentine’s Party 2.00pm Everyone is welcome to join us. Our residents are busy making decorations for our Valentine’s Party.

Razzle Dazzle visited us to perform their wonderful Christmas show. Everyone was singing and clapping along, even Father Christmas turned up to sing and dance. Another wonderful visit was from Darley Dale Brass Band come and play lots of wonderful Christmas Carols. This was a great hit with everyone and we shall be having them back very soon.

Our Christmas Party was fantastic with staff having their own dressing up competition. Our residents judged the competition and voted Denise dressed as Minnie Mouse as the winner. She won a £10 prize for her efforts. Thank you to everyone who made our Christmas such a wonderful time!




West Hallam News Happy Birthday!

8 Newdigate Street, West Hallam DE7 6GZ Tel: 0115 944 0329

Shopping at West Hallam

Happy Birthday to Joan Boyle & Doreen Wilson. We hope you have a lovely birthday!

Staff Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to Kayleigh Gerrard. Have a brilliant day.

Upcoming Events Wednesday 28th January Dignity Action Day To celebrate Dignity Action Day on 1st February, we will be holding a Coffee Morning to make staff, residents and loved ones more aware of Dignity & Respect in Care. There is a chance for family members to discuss any of their concerns.



Friday 31st January Chinese New Year We’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year where residents will enjoy chinese snacks with their morning tea & coffees. Our residents have also enjoyed making decorations for our home to celebrate the occasion.

We were really pleased to have ‘Pensioners with Style’ visit us for a shopping party. All the residents really enjoyed looking through all the clothes and accessories in the comfort and warmth of their own home, some even treated themselves to a few brand new items. We look forward to another visit in a few months time

Singing for the Brain We had a lovely trip out this month with Smalley Hall & Kidsley Grange enjoying a bite to eat at Broomfield College. They made us feel very welcome and the food was delicious. After a lovely lunch, we jumped back on the minibus to Singing for the Brain in Quarndon where we had a wonderful time as usual. Singing for the Brain is enjoyed by all our residents and its lovely to see them come alive when their singing along to songs they haven’t heard for year.

Bistro Night

We held our first Bistro Night of the year, the theme was ‘Best of British’ which everyone enjoyed. It was lovely to see so many residents & relatives enjoying dinner together. We look forward to our next Bistro Night very soon.

New Years Celebrations Here’s a lovely picture of William Leach enjoying a pint on New Years Day to celebrate 2014.

Secret Santa Competition Thank you to everyone who took part in our Secret Santa Competition. Well Done to Anne Evans at Smalley Hall who won and got a box of chocolates. Surprisingly no one got 5 out of 5 so here’s the answers...

Barbara Windsor

Noel Edmonds

Kate Middleton

Cliff Richard

Gareth Malone

Margaret Thatcher

Congratulations Wendy! In our monthly Staff Newsletter, Mandy, our Training Manager asked staff to name the new Training Centre at Smalley Hall. Wendy Heenan at The Firs came up with the winning choice being ‘Smalley’s Hall of Achievement’ which everyone in Head Office thought was brilliant! David Poxton, partner of Ashmere, decided to surprise Wendy during a training session to award her as well as thank her with a £20 voucher for her to spend in various High Street shops. Wendy was absolutely chuffed with the prize as well as the brand new signs at Smalley Hall. Thank you very much Wendy for helping us name Mandy’s new Training Centre! I N S I D E G O S S I P



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Poetry Corner Boseen’s Bathtime I wonder where my Mum has gone, Wherever can she be? She’s not in the garden, I’ve looked in the loo And it’s nearly time for my tea. Oh! Here comes the bucket, The jug and saucepans too. Now I know Where she was And what she’s going to do.



Here she comes in mac and wellies, An apron too I see, A brolly now Is all she needs. Oh! Why do this to me?

They say it’s all for my own good, And my coat is getting better. My head and shoulders have improved, Right now i’m getting wetter. At last its done, a good rub down A shake or two from me. I’m sure I look, As handsome now, As that fellow on TV. By Betty Cole, Valley Lodge

Valley Lodge resident, Betty Cole is in the running to become Care Home Idol 2013 through a competition being run by website, Betty beautifully read an Autumn Poem to the camera which we all agreed was definitely worth entering in the competition. We’re now asking for everyone’s help to vote for Betty’s video and share it with their friends and family to crown her a Care Home Idol. All winners will receive a trophy as well as a cash prize. Please visit and vote for Betty’s ‘An Autumn Poem’ video.

Inside Gossip January 2014  

Ashmere Derbyshire's Monthly Newsletter with all the latest goings on in our Care Homes around Derbyshire.

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